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A waitress wipes down a table at a cafe in Gahanna with outdoor seating.
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WOSU is providing updates about the coronavirus and COVID-19 in Ohio. Find the most recent news and information below.

The state is rolling out a new public health advisory system to identify counties experiencing a higher spread of coronavirus. Gov. Mike DeWine hopes the new notification system can drive policies to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Gov. Mike DeWine in front of the advisory alert system ranking the severity of coronavirus outbreaks across Ohio, on July 2, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine has announced a series of health guidelines for Ohio's K-12 schools when they reopen in the fall.

The Dayton City Commission has unanimously passed a law requiring people to wear masks. It's a dramatic attempt by the city to stem the spread of the coronavirus as the state's economy reopens.

The city ordinance goes into effect this Friday, July 3, at 8 a.m. The law requires people to cover their nose and mouth when inside public places, or even when outside when social distancing isn't possible. Failure to comply will be enforced by Dayton Police officers, who are empowered to issue $85 citations.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine wears a mask before his coronavirus press conference on June 23, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says the state continues to see a concerning spike in cases of COVID-19. The governor says people must take social distancing seriously and wear masks before things get worse.

Avery Elementary School in Hilliard on May 11, 2020.
Ryan Hitchcock / WOSU

Ohio's more than 600 school districts are waiting for the Department of Education to release its COVID-19 guidance on how to operate in the new school year. But with the first day of classes less than two months away, many districts are already making their own plans.

Gov. Mike DeWine at his daily coronavirus press conference on Sunday, March 23, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine announced that Ohio's nursing homes will be allowed to have outdoor visitors again, beginning July 20. It will be the first time in four months that many long-term care residents will be able to see family members in person.

Hand prints in red paint were left on the west columns and stairs at the Ohio Statehouse as part of a protest on June 18.
Karen Kasler / Statehouse News Bureau

Some Ohio leaders are expressing anger over damage at the Ohio Statehouse after protests in downtown Columbus – with one even suggesting the state consider a kind of secession from the capital city.

The state health department is reporting the highest daily increase in total COVID-19 cases in Ohio since April. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says they're seeing what he calls a "worrisome" increase among a certain demographic.

Vice President Mike Pence rode onto the stage Thursday in the newly-unveiled Lordstown Motors electric pickup truck, the Endurance, to deliver a wide-ranging speech to the Northeast Ohio crowd.

Among the topics he touched on at the former General Motors plant in Lordstown were the economy, the Trump administration’s negotiations with China and the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

“We fought for free and fair trade and the values and ideals that have always made this country great,” Pence said. “On every single promise, President Trump delivered for the people of Ohio.”

A stop sign on a school bus.
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School districts around the state are preparing for what the next academic year will look like for students, teachers and staff. However, administrators say they're waiting for the state to give them guidelines before they can put those plans into action.

ballet dancers
Tobias C. Wahl / Pixabay

Nine dance studios are suing the state of Ohio over mandated shutdowns and limitations imposed on their businesses.

Former Vice President Joe Biden (left) and President Donald Trump (right).
Associated Press

A new Quinnipiac University poll of registered voters shows Ohio may be a swing state once again. The race between President Donald Trump and likely Democratic nominee Joe Biden is a virtual dead heat, with a little over four months to go before the November election.

Gov. Mike DeWine gets a coronavirus test during his briefing on June 23, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine says it is imperative for the state to ward off a spike of COVID-19 cases as the economy begins to reopen. He says one way of accomplishing that is to increase coronavirus testing.

Ohio Senate president Larry Obhof is defending income tax cuts in their version of the budget, which must be finalized by this weekend.
Paul Vernon / Associated Press

The fund that Ohio uses to pay jobless benefits is now broke – a fate that was predicted even before the coronavirus pandemic. Now, state leaders are struggling with how to pay back the money being borrowed to keep those unemployment checks coming.